(QHA) -

The Crimean city of Simferopol has asked Russia's lower house of parliament to grant it official status as the peninsula's capital, administration head Gennady Bakharev announced.

“We want to fix it,” he said of the conurbation already home to Crimea's regional and federal authorities. These include the council of ministers, the parliamentary state council and the office of the Russian presidential envoy to the Crimean Federal District.

City fathers hope official status will encourage state budget finance.

Despite Moscow’s repeated statements that the Crimean referendum on secession from Ukraine was in line with the international law and the UN Charter the West and Kiev have refused to recognize the legality of Crimean annexation by Russia.

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